KUANTAN: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) was not Azriel Tan Zhe Khen’s first choice but after completing his studies, the recipient of the Royal Academic Award (Medal of Excellence) felt his time there was well worth it.
Tan said he initially chose universities near his hometown of Penang but was offered UMP instead.
“It has been an enjoyable experience. If I had not left my comfort zone, I would not have learned to be independent, ” said Tan who graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Science (Graphics & Multimedia Technology) with Honours.
He received UMP’s most prestigious award from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at UMP’s 14th convocation.
Throughout his years at UMP, Tan held various positions in associations and clubs as well as being involved in many sports activities.
He was also responsible for planning and managing multimedia activities and visit to National Park in 2016 and organising Earth Week in 2017.
“You only live once, live life to the fullest. That is my philosophy. I had limited time here, so apart from studying, I thought why not make my life at UMP more meaningful with activities.
“It’s all about managing my time between assignments and activities, ” he said.
Tan, 24, is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science at Universiti Sains Malaysia and is striving to be an expert in information technology.
Receiving the same award was Umi Fatiha Md Kosnin @ Md Seropil, 23, who certainly did not see it coming.
“I was so surprised when I received the email that I had to refresh it many times thinking it was a mistake, ” said the Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Honours) Material Technology graduate.
Umi Fatiha attributed her success to her parents Md Kosnin @ Md Seropil, 71, a farmer and Nurmah Sukarman, 62, a housewife.
“My father has always told me to seek out worldly knowledge. They have sacrificed so much for me. I hope to make my family proud and repay them for their sacrifices over the years, ” she said.
Umi Fatiha, who had been on the Dean’s List for seven semesters, won a gold medal at the Creation, Innovation, Technology and Research Exposition and a silver medal at the 30th International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition.
A total of 32 graduates received prizes and excellence awards at the convocation.
Among them was Shirline Leong Ai Lin, 24, who won the Ir Kee Bok Hee Excellence Award, the industrial excellence award of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Earth Resources.
“I am honoured to receive the award from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong himself, ” she said.
Leong said there were happy and bitter moments during her five years at UMP but her general attitude in constantly challenging herself has led to her success.
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